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Newcastle Unlikely To Pay €50M For 26-Year-Old Attacking Midfielder

Real Betis are reported to want €50M for their 26-year-old attacking French midfielder Nabil Fekir this summer.

That’s according to Spanish daily AS.

But whether they will be able to get that is questionable given there will only a few Premier League clubs who have money to spend this summer.

If we get the OK from the PL on the takeover, then Newcastle will be one of those few clubs, and it’s a buyers’ market this summer.

Another two big clubs, Arsenal and AC Milan are also linked with this player.

Fekir left French club Lyon after eight years there and joined Real Betis last summer on a four-year contract, for an initial fee of €19.75M and €10M in add-ons.

That would be close to €30M in total, so they want a €20M profit in just one year on the player (shown above) – they will not get that in these difficult financial times.

He has done very well in Spain this season and has played 23 times for Betis this season with 7 goals and 6 assists.

Fekir is said to be in no rush to leave Betis unless a massive club like Barcelona or Real Madrid (or Newcastle United?) come after him.

But no club will be paying out €50M for him this summer, not even the new Newcastle under new CEO Ms. Amanda Staveley.

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95 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    May 4, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #41

    French players want Ligue 1 restarted

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #42

    An #NUFCTakeover checklist to stay sane:
    1. Don’t panic
    2. Don’t stalk journalists
    3. Don’t track flights
    4. Don’t give Saudi accounts saying “done” attention
    5. Don’t throw toys out of pram on slow news days
    6. Don’t drink cans for breakfast


  • duncandisorderly

    May 4, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #43

    Isn’t it too late for the French league? I thought they’d already decided; or is that being challenged??

  • WLtoon

    May 4, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #44

    Good afternoon fella,s i was hoping for an announcement today but i guess it can wait for a few more days after having to put up with Ashley.

    Its happening mind, just think about it. Any red flags would of put a halt to the proceedings well before now.
    The piracy issue would of been covered immediately. Do you think the PL did,nt know about it ? Of course they did.
    Do you not think the PL would not know of MBS,s back round. Of course they did.
    We are not dealing with school kids on either side here, the PIF are used to handling deals far bigger than Newcastle United, its true, and have the best lawyers to handle every scenario thrown at them.
    I have never been as confident about this going thru as i am now.
    Think about it, If there were negative issues the press would of been on it like a rash, wanting to be the first to report it.
    This is a done deal for me, and im going for CANS oh and PORT.
    Have a good day fella,s , and keep smiling

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #45

    Ron, of course they are.

    Imagine Hayden, who we know has a sick daughter, playing in a few meaningless games and then unknowingly infecting his daughter who ends up in hospital.

    Unthinkable, quite honestly.

    Will the situation change in a month? Six weeks? When’s the cut-off point?

  • onmeedsun

    May 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #46

    The silence on the takeover front is difficult to bear, and exacerbated by the lack of anything going on. I tried to induce a coma for a week but it didn’t work! Missus disappointed about that as she would have had a week off snore disrupted sleep! The only positive is that it perhaps is an indication that all parties are tied into NDA’s and that they are all in compliance with them. This is the way it should be. Toon fans are used to being fed gossip from the tea lady etc. No leaks on this at all which we should accept as a good sign.

  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #47

    Billson. Really well said. If people have a different opinion on rafa they are shouted at. When the react they are called aggressive WUMs. Same with Ashley. We know he’s an unambitious owner but you will get more thanks for saying he has an STI than saying he would sell the club if a rich proper buyer came.

    The blog is skewed with little debate.

    Bruce may not be great but he has us tracking ats similar points to Rafa. That doesnt fit the narrative.

    Those who said “give the geezer a chance” once he got the gig we’re told we loved Bruce. It’s bonkers.

    And he didn’t sent teams out in 442 as we were told the dinosaur would.

    And he didn’t play patsy to Ashley with weakened FA cup teams. As we were promised. Rafa did, Pardew did, Bruce didn’t.

    If we stay up he doesnt deserve abuse. He ain’t a great manager, not even at the races, and the football was really bad ( rafa put some serious dross on show, against weak teams too, but that isn’t up for discussion) but the man did his best, so far.

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #48

    Sorry Ron, didn’t mean that to sound harsh, reading it back it does.

    Read ‘of course they are’ as ‘I completely agree’.

  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2020 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #50

    Cheers WL Toon. I think there are probably heated discussions going on between Saudis and Qatar as PIF try to ward off action.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #51

    a) Rafa is beyond any criticism

    – No one but no one has ever claimed this. You and Munster conveniently just keep parroting that notion as it suits your agenda.

    b) Prior to recently – the FGB would NEVER sell the club.

    – Are you seriously saying 10,000 absentee fans and corona virus didn’t concentrate his mind

    c) Bruce is absolutely useless and deserves zero credit for having us 13th

    – His stats and CV suggest he is not very good. Sheffield utd’s manager far better with way less resources

    d) All other takeovers prior to this one (and perhaps even this one) were PR fakeovers by the the FGB

    – Unless your are one of Ashley’s inner sanctum, which you aren’t, who knows?

    e) If you ‘support the team not the regime’ ie., you go to matches – you are a meek and mild fool who accepts the status quo and panders adoringly to the FGB.

    – Couldn’t have put it better.Yeah pretty much. As mentioned, 10,000 missing fans is not sustainable in any business, not even Ashleys. They made a stand and are hopefully now going to see the benefit of that sacrifice.
    Impossible to support the team without financially backing Ashley. Glad to have cleared these up for you.

  • onmeedsun

    May 4, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #52

    Munster, agreed. Rafa was frustrating at times and the football was dire, but we backed him as he wanted the best for us and would push Ashley to give us more of a chance of progression. But he did play weakened teams in cups. It would have been interesting to see what Rafa could have done with funds. He performed miracles getting us back up and then keeping us in the PL for 2 years. Without that there would be no takeover. Bruce is an honest manager who want to succeed at the Toon and knows we want to see better football. He has struggled tactically at times which has shown us his limitations, but he has given us a cup run, has been good at getting performances from the players, and has done well to keep us away from the bottom end. If there’s someone better out there then let’s get them, but if not I’d be happy to give Bruce another season to see what he can do with better players. But ultimately I’ll back whatever decision the new owners make.

  • Anglo Saxon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #53

    Who has the toughest run-in?

    Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have the toughest run-ins, with remaining opponents averaging at 8.2 in the league table – bad news for Eddie Howe’s side who currently sit in 18th. Aston Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United also have tough schedules.

    In terms of tough games on home soil, the Seagulls have the trickiest run-in with both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle scheduled to visit the Amex – which would be compounded further if they were to lose home support in those matches.

    Manchester United have the easiest fixture list with their average opponent ranking at 12.3 in the table – having only three top-half opponents left to play. Local rivals Manchester City, Wolves, Southampton and Newcastle also have easier run-ins.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #54

    Didn’t realise just how bigoted and racist TOF was, this is a bit shocking really in the 21st century, managing to insult 2 separate countries in 1 go. You can almost imagine his contorted hate filled shaven head and dragging knuckles.

    “The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 10, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #13
    So the greasy Spanish turd is basically indicating that dissing Ashley is more important to him than Newcastle getting the best possible manager. Our local hero, who steeled himself to accept Ashley’s fat wedge while it suited him. I hope he rots in his Chinee hell-hole. Stinking bindipper lover he is and all”
    – – – – – – – – –
    Conveniently forgets Rafa stayed with us when we were in the champo, which we won as top scorers.

  • Jib

    May 4, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #55

    Well summarised

  • Assassins Inc

    May 4, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #56

    Whoever coined the saying, no news is good news, what an dipshit.
    On another note, I don’t know how we are going to get the 37 Plus players we are after with only 200 odd million in the transfer budget, unless I miscalculated.

  • JohnReese

    May 4, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #57

    Apologies if anyone has posted this earlier https://youtu.be/zMD291LXzaU A good piece by Tifo (partnered with the Athletic) on the proposed takeover. Very much looking at the moral side of things and gives some good background on MBS. Worth a listen, whichever side of the takeover you fall on.

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 4, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #58

    I think it’s pretty safe to say Bruce coasted badly on carpet laid down for him and everything stopped before his track record of the last 20 years kicked in as it was nailed on to do. The useless debates that keep being spewed up about how poor Rafa was and how well Bruce has done serve to show how desperate some are to defend their getting behind the obvious PR hiring of a never-was coach otherwise we would have dropped this subject long ago.

    I would have preferred Bruce was able to continue to the end of the season so he could definitely prove once and for all what a water treader he is and put this daft argument to bed once and for all.

  • fairscup

    May 4, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #59

    Waiting till the heat dies down – just my opinion.

  • lochinvar

    May 4, 2020 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #60

    The Express:
    It is widely reported that the new chiefs of NUFC want to replace manager Steve Bruce with Pochettino when they assume full control.However, ESPN claim Spurs would be owed a whopping £12.5m if the Argentine accepts a deal this month.It would be wise for the Magpies to wait until June as the fee would then be waived.
    ESPN reports that Pochettino signed an agreement with Spurs after getting sacked which meant he could not join another club for six months.

    He was sacked on 19th November.
    Six month gardening leave.
    20th May ready to take up a new position without any penalty payments to Spurs.

    Clearly the hacks don’t do Maths.

  • geordietom

    May 4, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #61

    this coming thursday ”THE PAPERS ” will have been in the hands of the F.A. for four weeks , maybe just maybe we will find out then…

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #62

    Hope we aren’t starting the blame game again. Who’s the best fans AGAIN. We haven’t been taken over yet! Rotunda if you think for one minute you had any sway in making him sell you’ve got a flipping cheek. Sanctimonious or what. I hope to god those fans that just give up get them back but you will have watch your snidey TV channels. If he sells it will be for the Money. Yes the protests helped. But I’m not letting you think for one minute it had anything to do with you.

  • DaveD1000

    May 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #63

    give im a kick in the sweetbreads

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #64

    What choice do the fans have to pick the manager? Rafa would still be here if that was the case. We’ve got no choice but to get behind the team. Why would we slate him if the team was winning. If he had been losing he would have been murdered by the fans. Rafa’s teams got booed a few teams. Although it was usually the players who got the stick.

  • north east lincs toon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #65

    Duncan#4 Unfortunately mate that’s how society is now times have changed,but if this epidemic doesn’t change society we’re people should be more respectful and civil then nothing will unfortunately

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #66

    Yes all the fans that went were often called knuckle draggers. You know women children old men young people wanting to go and support their team. How dare you. just let us be united get new owners stop blaming people. If you give up your season ticket for whatever reasons that’s ok I understand wanted at the end every season. Hopefully I will see a great team with a fantastic new manager. If not well it might be time for me to give up.

  • Jib

    May 4, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #67

    According to Foot Mercato
    If they fail to convince Pochettino to join, NUFC’s Plan B and Plan C are Andre Villas-Boas (Marseille) and Lucien Favre (Dortmund).

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #68

    Fairscup I’m with you on letting it calm down before the statement is announced.

  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #69

    Superbly put Carltoon.

    Its worth reminding people that in general, and over my lifetime, nufc are not compared to spurs, or even Everton. We are generally considered a middling team with lots of fans.
    Without our mad supporters, nufc isn’t famous for much.

    Don’t denigrate supporters Rotonda, it’s what makes nufc unique.

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #70

    Howay the lads 🙂

  • JohnReese

    May 4, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #71

    Call me crazy but I always thought AVB would end up with us, probably just the Mourinho links admittedly. I’d imagine he feels like he has unfinished business in the Prem and has actually done a good job at Marseille after their pretty poor start.

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #72

    No Munster. WE ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD, don’t you forget. With the best fans in the world. I want fans to unite. Get behind the team

  • fairscup

    May 4, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #73

    Carltoon – makes sense to me – if anybody lets anything slip it will bring the protesters out of the woodwork again.

  • carltoon

    May 4, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #74

    Of course we are better than those teams you’ve mentioned. We just need an owner and manager to take us forward. Why do you think the rest of the League don’t want us to get taken over.

  • Jib

    May 4, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #75

    AVB as a teenager lived in the same apartment block as SBR in Portugal .
    It was Sir Bobby that talked him into trying coaching and he got him a place
    on a coaching course in Scotland.

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #76

    I made a post a few weeks ago when the Companies House docs became public knowledge that gave credit to the fans for assisting with the process of the club being sold.

    The fans who continued to attend the ground over the last few seasons showed any potential buyers just what the club is actually like and what the potential will be in the future. A great sales point.

    The fans who stayed away and protested gave Ashley an indication that his time was up. The Magpie Group galvanised and led that movement. A great force for change.

    It’s hard to argue that this impending sale would have happened without either of these groups, who whether they knew it or not were actually acting in concert with one another.

    It’s time to put the squabbles behind us and embrace the future.


  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #77

    Onmeedsun, I normally agree with your posts although apparently I’m a very stupid poster, cos the dial watching seal lover said so. But rafa did not perform a miracle. He had a packet of support when he went down from Ashley and had a superb team. It also wasn’t a miracle to stay up, although he ludicrously claimed it was.

    If Bruce said same he wud be lampooned, but not rafa.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 4, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #78


    I say… e) If you ‘support the team not the regime’ ie., you go to matches – you are a meek and mild fool who accepts the status quo and panders adoringly to the FGB.

    You say…– Couldn’t have put it better.Yeah pretty much. As mentioned, 10,000 missing fans is not sustainable in any business, not even Ashleys. They made a stand and are hopefully now going to see the benefit of that sacrifice.
    Impossible to support the team without financially backing Ashley. Glad to have cleared these up for you.


    You believe the 40,000 who continued to attend matches are a meek and mild fools who accept the status quo and panders adoringly to the FGB.

    I’m sure every one of those 40,000 – me included – and the fantastic away supporters who also attend home matches – don’t agree with you.

    Glad to have cleared that one up.

    Another point….

    If those 40,000 would have all stayed away – do you think we’d have beaten Man U, Chelsea and drawn with City without that support?

    Do you think we’d have got as many of the other points we have at home with an empty stadium?

    Do you think if we’d have ended up in a relegation position – where a lot of the boycotters wanted us to be – Staveley would have got PIF to stonk up £240M?


    Me neither.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 4, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #79

    And Totunda,

    I’m still waiting for proof of those bile filled posts you accuse me of.

    Can’t believe you haven’t found a load quickly…

    Seeing as you claim I ‘constantly’ post them.

    Proof please.

  • Swlabr

    May 4, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #80

    Sorry if this has been kicked around before, and feel free to beat the bejeebers out of the suggestion, but what if, the season was just stopped now officially, (or paused if you like), then when the air is clear, started again with all teams in the same position and on the same points as they are now. as if it was one great long season with a few months break in the middle.
    No teams relegated, none being disadvantaged and everything still to fight for. Makes sense to me, but then again I’m no great analyst.


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